Environment

10:24am

Thu June 13, 2013
Wildfires

Black Forest Fire Burns 360 Homes

The Black Forest Fire burning north of Colorado Springs has burned 360 homes, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
Credit NPR/Kirk Siegler

A wildfire burning north of Colorado Springs is officially Colorado’s most destructive fire, ever. Law enforcement officials announced this morning the Black Forest fire has burned 360 homes - that’s more than last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire. 15,000 acres have burned and nearly 40,000 people have been evacuated. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa gave credit to firefighters’ hard work.

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4:48pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Wildfires

Lessons Learned from Waldo Canyon Fire being Applied to new Colorado Fire

The Black Forest Fire is burning north of Colorado Springs. It has burned dozens of homes.
Credit Kirk Siegler / NPR

Just north of Colorado Springs, a destructive wildfire continues to burn. Reporter Liz Ruskin has been covering the Black Forest Fire, which started on Tuesday afternoon. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with her on Wednesday afternoon from KRCC’s studios, downtown where, she said, evidence of the fire was easy to see.

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6:18pm

Mon June 10, 2013
Environment

Study: The Western U.S. is Getting Dustier

Dust on snow is one outcome of increased dust emissions in the Western United States.
Credit National Snow and Ice Data Center

Living in the mountains, it’s easy to see changes in nature, especially in the snow. In recent years, dust from desert areas like Utah, has coated some of the area’s snowpack. Scientists in Boulder say the amount of dust being blown into Colorado and throughout the West, has increased over the last two decades. They measured calcium in rainfall to come up with their findings. Jason Neff is associate professor of geology at CU-Boulder and coauthor of the dust study. He told Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen the escalation of dust emissions is due to several factors.

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10:36am

Mon June 10, 2013
Roaring Fork River

Rafters Learn About Drought, Ecology on Community River Float

Nearly 130 people participated in a community river float Saturday. Rafts floated from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs on the Roaring Fork River. People on board the rafts learned about the river along the way.
Credit The Roaring Fork Conservancy

More than 100 people jumped into rafts on Saturday for an annual float down the Roaring Fork River. Only, this float wasn’t just an excuse to cool off on a hot day. It was meant to be a learning experience or a classroom on water. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Alongside the river in Glenwood Springs, volunteers lug a big raft full of people to shore. They’re part of the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 9th annual River Float. The non profit fills more than a dozen boats with participants and an ambassador who talks about the in’s and out’s of the river. 

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9:58am

Thu June 6, 2013
Wildfires

Tracking Wildfire Risk in Your Backyard

The Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal allows the user to find the fire risk in their backyard.

 Fire season has already started in Colorado with the so-called Blue Bell fire igniting near Denver this week. Closer to home, fire officials are holding meetings in local communities to get people prepared. In an effort to educate people statewide, Colorado State University has unveiled a new website that pinpoints fire risk throughout the state. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports the website allows the user to type in their address to see how susceptible their home is to wildfire. 

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